An Spidéal (Irish: An Spidéal, meaning "the hospital", is a Gaeltacht village on the shore of Galway Bay in County Galway, Ireland. It is 18 km west of Galway city, on the R336 road. An Spidéal is on the eastern side of the county's Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking area) and of the Connemara region. It is a tourist centre with a scenic beach, harbour, and shore fishing.
There are a broad range of shops and services. On the eastern side of the village is An Ceardlann, a craft village. Cloon Keen Atelier candles are made in an industrial estate 1 km east of the village. There is a primary school and a secondary school in the village.
On most weekend nights, and sometimes during the week in the summer, there is live traditional Irish music in the pubs, most of which double as restaurants. On the first Wednesday of every month there is an Alternative Session at 9pm in An Droighneán Donn, one of the pubs.
The village is served by Bus Éireann route 424 from Galway City.
Max and Kevin run and operate two fishing boats on the famed Galway Bay. Where one can fish for species such as cod, shark, ray, ling and much more. They can cater for the individual or groups up to 14 persons. They operate from approximately 9am to roughly 5.30 to 6pm depending on tides. Evening charters also available.
Have been too afraid to try angling? No need at Spiddal angling school, you'll be an expert in no time… Guided fishing trips can be arranged along with walking tours from this centre.
Explore Ireland's only fjord on board the Connemara Lady, an all weather luxury cruise ship. Sailing departs from Leeane. See website for details.
Has Ireland's only glass bottom tour boat where one can see and majestic marine life off north connemara. The centre also has a museum which houses over two hundred and fifty displays. Working tours are also done from the centre.
Explore the corrib river and lake on the luxurious all weather Corrib Princess from woodquay only 5 minutes from city centre. An enjoyable stress free way to pass an afternoon.
All aboard the Isle of Inisfree which departs Ougherard and Cong. There are several types of tours exploring the north section of the Lough. The cruise which visits the monastic site of inchagcoil island and onward to Ashford Castle is my personal favourite.
Why not try windsurfing just six miles from the Park Lodge Hotel. Rusheen Bay is an enclosed Bay perfect for beginners with calm waters and prevailing cross winds. Other activates include kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding.
There are a number of horse riding schools in the area to choose from; including: Moycullen Riding Centre @ 087-2043944, Rusheen Riding School and Spiddal Riding School.
Award Winning Craft Shop. At Standúns you will find top quality Irish fashion & knitwear, crystal, china, jewellery and crafts. We have built our reputation on stocking a collection of the finest Ireland has to offer.
Ireland's first show mine is a historic 19th century silver and lead mine, situated approximately 17 miles from Park Lodge Hotel in Oughterard. They have guided tours every 20 minutes which explores the large marble chambers and caverns stubbed with lead and silver pyrite. At the end of the tour you can also try your hand at panning.
Brigit's Garden is situated in Roscahill approximately 13 miles from the Park Lodge Hotel. It is an unique magical family friendly Celtic garden. Explore the nature trail to discover a stone chamber, a crannog and the calendar sundial. The garden's are very family friendly with many special features for children including willow play tunnels and a kid's discovery trial.
Located at Lettershea, approximately an hour's drive from Park Lodge Hotel is Connemara Heritage and History Centre. It tells the story of Dan O Hara who was evicted from his home and forced to emigrate to New York in the 1840's. Dan's cottage and farm has been restored to show life in the 19th century. The centre also has a crannog ring and a clocháin.
The most picturesque place in Ireland and on e of the top visitor's attractions in the west of Ireland is Kylemlore Abbey and Victorian Walled Gardens lies between Clifen and Leenane approximately an hour and quarter drives from Park Lodge Hotel. The building date back to the 1860's when the Henry family built their dream home. The Benedictine Nuns took it over and make it into an Abbey in the 1920's. Beside the Abbey is an Gothic Church resembling a miniature Cathedral. The Abbey boasts a beautiful Victorian mature garden and recently restored glass houses.